This crossing and finishing practice is perfect for getting strikers hitting the net, and that’s something you can never practise enough.
It’s a fast-paced blueprint and requires players to be alert and switched on at all times.
Up to a full pitch
Ball, goals, poles, mannequins
Number of Players
Up to 11v11
Practice 20mins, Game 20mins
What do I get the players to do?
Setting up as shown, the attacker moves from behind the goal, runs around the pole and goes near-post for a cross from the wing. The crosser has to miss the mannequin and aim to run to the near post for a shot at goal. Now a player attacks the other end (1a).
• An attacker emerges from behind the goal, runs around the pole, into the box, and connects with a cross from the left, placing his shot inside the keeper and avoiding the mannequins on the edge of the six-yard box. An attack begins in the opposite direction.
On the next attack, a player emerges from the other side of the goal, and the same crosser delivers a far-post cross (1b).
• In the next phase, the same wide men deliver deep crosses towards the far post
We continue running the practice, now using the other two crossers, and always delivering alternating near- and far-post balls.
What are the key things to look out for?
This session is about precise deliveries and clinical finishes. Missing the mannequin is essential, and attackers, as a bare minimum, must ensure they hit the target.
How do I put this into a game situation?
We will put these crossing and finishing principles into an 11v11, narrowing the pitch by five yards and marking an area just for wide attackers to go into (2). This encourages time and accuracy in crosses, though we will make them two-touch.
• In the 11v11, channels are created for wide attackers so they have time and space to send over an accurate cross to be attacked
At any level, the ability to attack the opposition with quick, positive forward play can yield terrific rewards.
This session requires determined and aggressive forward movement and clever passing, and the key is to always be moving forwards or sideways – so never backwards, and never remaining stationery. If players follow this simple blueprint, we, as a team, have the makings of fast, invasive attacks, which are so dangerous. MORE
This session is about maximising space so as to be able to switch the ball quickly in creating positive attacking options. And at the heart of this is helping players recognise when to play forward and when to switch play.
It’s important to practise this because moving the ball quickly with both short and long passes gives us the chance to create 1v1 situations or overloads, which are key situations for exploiting the opposition.
Keeping possession under pressure and knowing when to switch is a major part of our style of play. For that reason, we’ll work on this type of session frequently. MORE
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